International Current Affairs - 2020

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World Design Organization to launch World Design Protopolis in Bengaluru

World Design Organization (WDO) will be launching its new global programme ‘World Design Protopolis’ in Bengaluru, Karnataka. The announcement regarding World Design Protopolis was made at ongoing 3-day Kochi Design Week (KDW), India’s largest design conclave that kicked off at Bolgatty Island in Kerala. The mega event, which concluded on 14 December 2019, witnessed convergence of policymakers and government officials, design professionals from India and abroad, architects, interior designers, heads of various companies, thought leaders, besides general public.

About World Design Protopolis

Objective: It is aimed at implementing holistic progress in mega cities across the world and thus making them sustainable. The project also aims to measure progress of city, attract investments and solve problems so that the city becomes a better place for citizens.

With this project, the WDO is trying to prototype a future city. It has selected Bengaluru as first ever city in world to implement this project, which is exclusively for big cities.

Also, unlike WDO’s 1-year celebratory programme, the World Design Capital, this 5-year project stresses on measurability, which is the main difference in project. Moreover, WDP will also measure what WDO did in the city and how city benefitted and who benefitted over a period of 5 years.

India-Maldives review their Defence Cooperation

On December 14, 2019, India and Maldives agreed to expand their maritime security and boost their anti-terror cooperation in order to deal with the common challenges in Indian Ocean Region where China is expanding its military presence. The countries also held the 6th Joint Commission Meeting. It was co-chaired by the External Affairs ministers of the countries.

Highlights

The countries discussed about implementation of 1.4 billion USD economic package that was pledged by India earlier. At the Joint Commission Meeting, the countries reviewed the ongoing construction of police training facility in the city of Addu and other building projects that are implemented in Maldives with India’s assistance. It includes Composite Training Centre to train defence forces of Maldives, setting up of Coastal Surveillance Radar System (CSRS). It is to be noted that India had set up CSRS in Seychelles, Sri Lanka and Mauritius. The countries also agreed to partner Greater Male Area Connectivity Project. The project aims at connecting islands in the west of Male with the capital.

India-Maldives: Recent Developments

The countries will hold Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Exercise. They have also planned for the lease of Dornier aircraft. At the Goa Maritime Conclave that was held in October 2019, India offered to share real-time movement of maritime traffic in the Indian Ocean littoral states.